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Frank Trimbos: Township Ballet

Artist’s Statement:

Mzanzi, the National Ballet of South Africa, has introduced a program to give disadvantaged youngsters in townships a chance to get involved into classical ballet. This program is meant to serve as a pre-education in order for them to become a professional ballet dancer. Classical ballet is new for these youngsters. In the ballet schools of the townships Soweto and Alexandra, near Johannesburg, the young dancers can behold themselves in the world of ballet, while outside the walls of the dance schools the reality of the township life awaits.


Artist’s Bio:

Frank Trimbos (1978, Waalwijk, The Netherlands) is a documentary & portrait photographer. After completing the school of Photography in Amsterdam specialized in Documentary photography, Frank started freelancing for Het Parool newspaper in Amsterdam and commenced focusing more intensely on making humanitarian photo stories.

In 2010 Frank moved his career from The Netherlands to South Africa where he began to experience the South African everyday life, capturing social issues and exploring marginalized communities. He has since been focusing on social and humanitarian photo series.